Monday, June 15, 2015

May Take Me Deeper

To start off the month of May I did my May calender and May Logos 365  "love" page. I am just showing my Love page this time as my calender is rather boring. I love how this page turned out, I think it is cute!

The theme for May devotions/journal prompts was Sanctuary.  TMD May Week 1: I was caught up in the scriptures about sheltering under God's wing. What a comfort and peace these are to me. I used Psalm 91:1-4 on my page "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust." Surely He sill save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." Life can be so busy with many demands on our time and energy, I need to remember what I learn in Isaiah 30: 15 that "In repentance and rest is your salvation, In quietness and trust is your strength..." Jesus often sought a quiet place for rest and renewal, I need to remember to do the same. I cut feathers from the pages of an old book and used my new watercolor crayons by Staedtler on them. The background is Gelatos and gesso. I used matte gel medium to adhere the feathers to my page and wrote the words with various black pens.

Week 2: Dwelling in God's Presence.  I'm kind of in a "rut" at this time mixing Gelatos with Gesso for my backgrounds. I've also added in my watercolor crayons.  I used scrapbook paper for the house and pictures I cut from magazines on this page.

Week 3: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.  This week the lesson was about taking care of yourself/loving yourself, for how can you love others as you love yourself if you don't really love yourself.  It included several links to personality tests and spiritual gift tests.  I just wrote some results from the tests/surveys I took. Nothing surprising as I usually have pretty much the same results. Very simple page with colorful background and just words.

Week 4: Rhythms of Grace.  I had in mind a 4 seasons tree when I studied this lesson. I think each day has its season/rhythm and each part is important, you wake to a fresh new day/spring, you are productive through the day and gradually slowing down toward evening, and end with rest/winter. I found a quote that I love by Margaret Feinberg, "Sabbath isn't about what is done or left undone as much as breathing in the goodness of God. :) This page is done with gesso, gelatos, watercolor crayons and acrylic paints. (The scan shows the winter quarter so much brighter than the actual page.)

Week 5: Rhythms of Grace 2:  I had such a mind block for this week, I'm not sure why.  One of the main scriptures cut me to the quick: Jeremiah 2:13 "My people have committed two sins: they have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." I did a study a few years ago on recognizing idols in our lives, although this verse isn't one that was used in that study it exposes the same sin... putting something above God. When anything comes before God in our lives it is an idol, even yourself and your trust in your own ability to provide anything for yourself.  One of the Beatitudes is "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." When we thirst for things that are not from God, we are dealing with making an idol of something that is a very poor trade off of the true thing.  This page is done with gesso, watercolor crayons, gell medium, markers and a print made with a gelli plate. Notice the empty cistern at the bottom of the page.

Blessings, Zuda Gay Pease


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